What We Cut Is Much More Important Than How Much We Cut
Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following remarks today regarding budget negotiations. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
“We’re continuing to work hard to avoid the terrible consequences that would come with a shutdown.
“As Vice President Biden announced last night, Democrats and Republicans have agreed upon a number on which to base our budget cuts – $73 billion below the President’s budget proposal.
“Now we have to figure out how to get there.
“But as I’ve said all along, this isn’t just about dollars and deficits. It’s about principles and priorities. What we cut is much more important than how much we cut.
“The media is very concerned with which party will win this fight politically. I’m much more concerned with making sure the America people don’t lose out.
“Let me once again remind the Senate: children, students, teachers, nurses and seniors would be significantly hurt by the cuts in the Republican-passed H.R.1. But not a single child, not a single student, not a single teacher, not a single nurse and not a single senior led us to recession. And punishing innocent bystanders will not lead us to recovery.
“We’ll continue talking and continue working to find a middle ground. I hope an agreement can be reached. But it will not come on the backs of middle-class families and the jobs they need. And it will not come if the other side continues to insist on unreasonable and unrealistic cuts.
“I appreciate Speaker Boehner’s participation in these talks. I’m sure it’s not easy trying to negotiate with the Tea Party screaming in his right ear.
“We have a lot more work to do. I hope that this latest development is the beginning of the end of this crisis.”